Cem Özdemir is Germany's Green Party leader and initiator of the Bundestag resolution that would have the mass deaths of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 classified as "genocide."
The Dutch parliament has voted to recognize the deaths of Armenians during World War I as genocide. The decision is likely to enrage Turkey amid already strained relations with the Netherlands.
German lawmakers are to debate a resolution that would see the mass deaths of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 referred to as "genocide." Turkey has warned Berlin of consequences if it supports the wording.
At a ceremony in Yerevan, actor and rights advocate George Clooney has remembered the expulsion and murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The terminology of the massacre is still widely debated.
In June, the Bundestag intends to approve a resolution condemning the century-old Ottoman massacre of Armenians by describing it as "genocide." The nomenclature would anger Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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